Published on November 27, 2011 by guest author: Kristina Ingvarsson
Back in August my company reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in an assignment in Guam, the island territory of the United States located in the western Pacific Ocean.
My first thought was, "No way, I can't move to a island smaller than Oahu, Hawaii, and further away from mainland." To be fair, I decided to do some research, and less than two months later I found myself relocated to Guam.
My first impression of the island was Tumon Bay, which at first felt like an washed up version of Waikiki in Honolulu. Along the bay you can find all the major hotel resorts with water activities, shopping of famous brands, restaurants, bars and clubs and even a sling shot for the brave ones. The water is warm and crystal clear with tons of sea life under the surface to explore via snorkeling or diving. The bay is shallow and protected by a reef so no larger predator can enter.
I'm not a fan of tourist attractions and therefore I couldn't wait to see what laid outside of Tumon Bay. A coworker and his friends are weekend hikers and two of the places we visited are worth mentioning.
1. Lost Pond trail is a hike along the shoreline where you pass a couple hidden beach lagoons and then trail into the jungle to the "poison green" looking lost pond.
2. The trail to Cetti Falls starts at a lookout in the southern part of Guam. The view over Cetti Bay and the ocean is breath taking and undisturbed. The trail follows along a ridge down to the river with views of the falls to the left. When reaching the river it turns left, upstream about half a mile to the first falls.
Hope you enjoyed these views as much as I did!
Kristina Ingvarsson born and raised in Sweden, moved to New Hampshire after college and spent 13 years there before getting relocated to Hawaii and more recently to Guam via a global engineering and construction company. She combines her two passions, traveling and outdoor sports, to meet people and explore new places. An avid runner since 2004, she went from running local 5Ks to the Boston Marathon, and has developed the bad habit of writing way-too-long race reports that few people have the patience to read.